Reptile surprise for farmers opening bale

Garter snake over 30 inches in length found in local hay bale

Gartner snake measuring over 30 inches long.

Gartner snake measuring over 30 inches long.

A local farm family was surprised to discover last week a lengthy reptilian freeloader in one of their hay bales.

Alfred Steinke and his family farm in the Rollyview area east of the City of Leduc. Steinke said they had a strange surprise as they were feeding cattle the first week of March.

Steinke said his son opened a round bale and discovered the remains of a thick, black and green garter snake over 30 inches in length. They’d already found about five others, although quite a bit smaller.

The farmer said he suspected the very wet harvest season last fall had something to do with all the snakes in the bales.